Meet Author Steve Lindahl: Guest Blogger
I'd like to welcome guest Blogger, Author Steve Lindahl. He's the author of Motherless Soul and White Horse Regressions. He has a third book coming soon from Solstice Publishing: Hopatcong Vision Quest. I'm honored to have him come by and visit today!
Past life fiction from an author's perspective
Time travel stories have always been a favorite of mine. There's something about mixing the different lifestyles from different eras that intrigues me, especially if there are relationships that span the time frames. But when I chose to write historical fiction wrapped in a present day mystery, I chose past life regressions as the device to connect the two eras rather than time travel. I'm glad I made that decision, but I've found disadvantages as well as advantages.
My novels include two published by All Things That Matter Press: Motherless Soul and White Horse Regressions and a third coming soon from Summer Solstice: Hopatcong Vision Quest. All of these are mysteries where a crime has occurred which has not been solved with traditional methods. A hypnotist is called in to work with the main characters to recall their past life memories. The two main premises are that major events repeat themselves and that souls share past lives (there can be gender and relationship changes). Clues to solve the modern mystery can be found by looking at the similar events and determining the modern counterparts to the past culprits.
The problem with time travel books is that the travelers can change past events and, by doing so, affect the present. Some authors such as Connie Willis (Doomsday Book) come up with ways around the dilemma by defining what can be done and what can't. Others such as Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Travelers Wife) just work around the enigma. With past life fiction the past characters are not aware of the future, so they don't change it. Their present day counterparts witness the past, but don't travel there.
The problem with using past life regressions as a literary device is that there is a spiritual side which scares some readers. I think they fear that the author might preach to them. I've often heard readers of my books say that they generally don't read this type of book, but they loved mine.
In my first two novels characters from North Carolina and Vermont recalled lives during the American Civil War, Victorian London, and the Han dynasty in ancient China. In Hopatcong Vision Quest, the novel due out soon from Summer Solstice, I've tried something different. Both the past and the present are set at Lake Hopatcong, NJ. In the present it is a recreational lake surrounded by residential communities. In the past it is a Lenape Native American village on the shore of one of the ponds that were joined later to form the lake. It will be interesting to see how this choice is received.
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